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Tavernesque Bar and Restaurant Coming to South Fourth Street

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When the renovation of the five-story Stoddart Building at 260 South Fourth Street was announced last May (along with the two story buildings next door) it was mentioned that the ground floors of these buildings would be home to new retail tenants. Two of those tenants have been announced today: Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Tavernesque.

While locals are likely familiar with the former, the latter business is a new name for a new concept from Brian Swanson, who was in the news just last week when he became the new owner of Bodega in The Short North. And it sounds like Tavernesque might be bringing a slice of Bodega to this hip stretch of Downtown.

“The concept is a hip neighborhood tavern serving diner classics with a twist,” says Swanson. “We’ll serve food from lunch to late night, brunch on weekends and will feature an extensive cocktail and craft beer selection.”

Swanson says that the success of existing bar and restaurant businesses in the area is what drew his interest in this location. The formerly sleepy stretch of South Fourth Street has come alive in the past few years with the opening of Dirty Frank’s, Little Palace, El Camino and the 16-Bit Bar+Arcade.

“I think it’s a hip little area over there and there’s a lot of development going on and a lot of new apartments,” he explains. “I think we’ll be a good addition to the area.”

Tavernesque will be approximately 2,000 square feet and will feature large accordion-style windows that open onto the street. Swanson says that he hope to be open by mid-May, though admits that there is a lot of work left to do before then.

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